Comcast envisage de relancer son projet d’achat de Fox – Challenges
Le câblo-opérateur américain ComCast, qui avait jeté l'éponge en décembre dans la course au rachat d'une partie du groupe 21st Century Fox, envisagerait de relancer son projet d'acquisition bien que Disney soit déjà à la manoeuvre, selon le WSJ dimanche...
12 février 2018 à 18h41
Napster Names Bill Patrizio President, CEO – Hypebot
Rhapsody International announced that it has named Bill Patrizio as President and CEO their Napster streaming service. Patrizio is no stranger to the role and had been appointed as the interim CEO of the company in May 2017, following the departure of Mike Davis from the position amid a restructuring...
09 février 2018 à 18h57
Guerre TF1-opérateurs : plus de 15 000 signataires demandent au gouvernement l’instauration du « must deliver » – FreeNews
Face à l'escalade du conflit opposant TF1 aux diffuseurs (Orange, Free, Canal+...), une pétition ayant recueilli plus de 15 000 signatures demande au gouvernement d'intervenir...
09 février 2018 à 17h36
Apple TV app gains promised News section first shown in September – 5to9mac
Apple today has further expanded its TV application on iOS and tvOS. Following the addition of a dedicated Sports section a few months ago, users can now use the TV app to access live streaming news content from several different sources…
09 février 2018 à 10h59
Bowie Spotify Streams Jump 42% After Space X Launch – Hypebot
After Tuesday's triumphant launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket by Elon Musk's SpaceX, David Bowie streams jumped 42% on Spotify globally. The launch of the rocket, which features a dummy sitting in a Tesla Roaster listening to David Bowie, prompted a surge in streams of the late singer's space-themed repertoire:...
07 février 2018 à 19h27
‘Fiction is outperforming reality’: how YouTube’s algorithm distorts truth – The Guardian – IT
An ex-YouTube insider reveals how its recommendation algorithm promotes divisive clips and conspiracy videos. Did they harm Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency?The methodology behind this story It was one of January’s most viral videos. Logan Paul, a YouTube celebrity, stumbles across a dead man hanging from a tree. The 22-year-old, who is in a Japanese forest famous as a suicide spot, is visibly shocked, then amused. “Dude, his hands are purple,” he says, before turning to his friends and giggling. “You never stand next to a dead guy?”Paul, who has 16 million mostly teen subscribers to his YouTube channel, removed the video from YouTube 24 hours later amid a furious backlash. It was still long enough for the footage to receive 6m views and a spot on YouTube’s coveted list of trending videos...
02 février 2018 à 17h47
If you bought something on Silk Road with bitcoin, the blockchain will remember it forever and possibly reveal your identity – BoingBoing
A common misconception is that bitcoin transactions are anonymous. The truth is, unless you are very careful about covering your tracks, your bitcoin transactions can be connected to you. And the transaction records on bitcoin's public database (the blockchain) can never be changed or deleted, meaning they will forever be searchable by authorities or anyone else. Andy Greenberg of Wired reports that researchers were able to "connect someone's bitcoin payment on a dark web site to that person's public account."
[T]he Qatari researchers first collected dozens of bitcoin addresses used for donations and dealmaking by websites protected by the anonymity software Tor, run by everyone from WikiLeaks to the now-defunct Silk Road. Then they scraped thousands of more widely visible bitcoin addresses from the public accounts of users on Twitter and the popular bitcoin forum Bitcoin Talk.
By merely searching for direct links between those two sets of addresses in the blockchain, they found mor ...
30 janvier 2018 à 19h23
Can Facebook fix its News Feed problem? – Recode – All
Recode’s Kurt Wagner explains how the social media giant is trying to make things right on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is devoting 2018 to fixing Facebook, and he has acted fast: In recent weeks, the social media giant has already announced major changes to the main source of its revenue, the News Feed, and acknowledged in a series of blog posts that social media can sometimes be bad for our psyches and for democracy.
On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recode’s senior social media editor, Kurt Wagner, said Facebook is in a difficult uphill battle to win back the trust of its users.
“Honestly, we’re going to have to have a few more elections that don’t result in Russian meddling before people say, ‘Okay, maybe Facebook has that problem fixed,’” Wagner said. “That is years away. I don’t see Facebook shedding this problem for a long time...
26 janvier 2018 à 17h47
A Spotify investor lays out the case for music streaming — including that it’ll replace radio (AMZN, GOOGL, MSFT) – Silicon Alley
Honeycomb Asset Management, a New York hedge fund started by David Fiszel, is bullish on streaming music.
People are paying about twice as much per year for streaming music now as they used to for CDs, says Honeycomb.
"In 2015, music industry sales grew sustainably for the first time in almost two decades, and entering 2018, we are still in the early stages of this evolution," Honeycomb said in its fourth-quarter investor letter.
Honeycomb gained 21% last year.
Streaming music has changed the music industry for the better, according to New York tech-focused hedge fund Honeycomb Asset Management. Honeycomb, launched last year by David Fiszel, has more than $500 million under management and owns a private stake in Spotify.
"We believe streaming music will continue to grow at rates that far exceed investor expectations, with its market size quadrupling from $10 billion to $40 billion over the next eight years," the hedge fund said in a fourth-quarter letter to investors seen ...
24 janvier 2018 à 18h47
Banijay Group Acquires Digital Company Shauna Events – Variety
Banijay Group has acquired French digital company Shauna Events as part of its strategy to expand into new business areas and broaden its digital capabilities significantly. Launched by Magali Berdah, Shauna Events creates original content for social media networks as well as forges collaborative partnerships between brands and digital influencers, especially reality TV talent. Berdah...
23 janvier 2018 à 17h17
Snap threatened leakers in an internal memo, so of course the memo was leaked – Fast Company
After news broke last night that Snap was laying off around two dozen employees, the company is now trying to clamp down on leakers. In a memo obtained by Cheddar, Snap’s lawyer wrote that it has a “zero-tolerance policy for those who leak Snap Inc. confidential information.” The memo goes on: If you leak Snap …
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After news broke last night that Snap was laying off around two dozen employees, the company is now trying to clamp down on leakers. In a memo obtained by Cheddar, Snap’s lawyer wrote that it has a “zero-tolerance policy for those who leak Snap Inc. confidential information...
22 janvier 2018 à 16h59
Pour sa plateforme SVOD, Delphine Ernotte veut l’aide d’OCS – FreeNews
Pour son projet de grand "Netflix à la française" chapeauté par France Télévisions, Delphine Ernotte espère s'adjoindre les services d'OCS...
18 janvier 2018 à 18h39
Amazon’s Fire TV boss: We’re beating Roku, and we’re still doing smart TVs – PCWorld
Amazon says it's winning the streaming device wars and plotting a return to smart TVs...
17 janvier 2018 à 19h10
5 digital marketing trends that will shape your 2018 – The Drum
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other popular social media networks continuously update their platforms, which is why it’s critical for marketers to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the social media space.
So to help you prepare for the changes to come in 2018, we’ve put together a list of the top social media trends you need to know about.
Let’s dive in…
1) Video on demand, in demand
Nothing on social media is as eye-catching as good video content. Whether you’re marketing on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, it looks like social video engagement stats are going to be through the roof in 2018.
If you’re not convinced, these social media video statistics should prove why video is worth your attention:
YouTube viewers watch a billion hours of video each day
Facebook users consume over 8 billion videos every day
82% of Twitter’s audience views video content on the platform...
16 janvier 2018 à 19h06
High-speed broadband to be legal right for UK homes and businesses – The Guardian – IT
Government says internet providers will be legally obliged from 2020 to meet user requests for speeds of at least 10MbpsBritish homes and businesses will have a legal right to high-speed broadband by 2020, the government has announced, dismissing calls from the network provider BT that it should be a voluntary rather than legal obligation on providers.The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said only a universal service obligation (USO) would offer certainty that broadband speeds of at least 10Mbps would reach the whole of the UK by 2020. Continue reading...
21 décembre 2017 à 18h46
FCC Boss Claims Net Neutrality Supporters Were Clearly Wrong Because Twitter Still Works The Day After Repeal – TechDirt
By now you've probably noticed that FCC boss Ajit Pai isn't particularly popular online after he voted last week to kill popular net neutrality protections. A big reason for that unpopularity is Pai's tendency to simply make things up as he rushes to coddle broadband duopolists, whether we're talking about his bogus claims that net neutrality killed broadband investment, his claims that net neutrality only emboldens tyrants in Iran and North Korea, or his claims that the broadband market is amazingly competitive.
So in the wake of the repeal (which of course still needs to survive legal challenge) it's not too surprising to see Pai engaging in more blatantly false nonsense as he tries to frame net neutrality supporters as hysterical hyperbolists. For example, Pai tried to argue last week on Fox and Friends that net neutrality supporters were clearly wrong to worry about the repeal because Twitter and Facebook still worked the day after the repeal...
19 décembre 2017 à 19h14
BuzzFeed to cut a third of UK staff as part of global redundancy round – The Drum
BuzzFeed is reportedly poised to shed a third of its UK employees as part of an ongoing global redundancy drive, with the news coming amid a failure to meet revenue targets.
In the UK BuzzFeed slumped to a £3.3m loss despite efforts to shore up its flagging fortunes, and according to a report in the Telegraph the firm told employees earlier this week that it was proposing to cut 45 roles across its commercial and editorial operations.
Of the 76 journalists at the young company, 23 are believed to be facing redundancy.
BuzzFeed, which employees 140 people in London, has yet to comment on the reports.
The comes in the midst of ongoing efforts from the media firm to diversify its revenue streams outside of native advertising. In August, it dropped its longstanding opposition to conventional digital banner ads in a bid to make it less reliant on driving traffic to promoted posts.
Rival platform Mashable is pursuing its own round of cuts with new owner Ziff Davis keen ...
08 décembre 2017 à 16h38
Amazon Prime Video finally comes to the Apple TV – Fast Company
Despite being announced all the way back in June during Tim Cook’s keynote at WWDC, the Amazon Prime app for the Apple TV had failed to materialize, leading many to wonder if the deal Apple struck with Amazon to prime the online retailer’s video streaming service to the company’s set-top box had fallen through. But …
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Despite being announced all the way back in June during Tim Cook’s keynote at WWDC, the Amazon Prime app for the Apple TV had failed to materialize, leading many to wonder if the deal Apple struck with Amazon to prime the online retailer’s video streaming service to the company’s set-top box had fallen through. But as of today, those worries are no more. Amazon’s Prime Video Apple TV app has just hit the App Store–and with just weeks to spare for meeting Tim Cook’s promise that the video service would be on Apple TV’s...
07 décembre 2017 à 15h54
Mini LEDs to be used in backlighting in 2018 – Digitimes
Mini LED chips sized 100-200 micrometers size are set to be used in LCD TV, monitor, and smartphone panel backlighting, and fine-pixel pitch displays in 2018, according to industry sources...
05 décembre 2017 à 17h24
Hulu Strikes Foreign-Language TV Deal with Studiocanal – DeadLine
Streaming service Hulu has doubled down on foreign-language drama, picking up Scandinavian thrillers from the creators of The Killing and The Bridge. The SVOD service has acquired Below The Surface and Midnight Sun from international distributor Studiocanal.
It is Hulu's latest foreign-language imports following deals to bring shows such as Spanish drama Grand Hotel, Swedish thriller Wallander and Israeli terrorism drama Prisoners of War (Hatufim), the inspiration...
27 novembre 2017 à 18h48
Quentin Tarantino n’aime pas Netflix et il dit pourquoi – Comme Au Cinéma
Lorsque l'un des réalisateurs les plus « old school » d'Hollywood se penche sur la question Netflix, le choc des générations n'est pas bien loin...
24 novembre 2017 à 16h25
Iliad voit sa croissance ralentir à 5,3% au 3e trimestre – Challenges
Iliad, maison-mère de Free, a ralenti le pas au troisième trimestre après des recrutements inférieurs aux attentes dans la téléphonie fixe où il pâtit de la forte pression concurrentielle de Bouygues...
17 novembre 2017 à 12h48
Like Apple, Amazon abandons ‘skinny’ TV bundle plans following network resistance – Apple Insider
For now, Amazon has allegedly jettisoned plans to offer a "skinny" bundle of cable and broadcast TV channels, owing to low expected profit margins and the same problem rumored to have halted Apple's bundle: resistance from networks...
15 novembre 2017 à 18h02
Snap’s business isn’t growing as fast as Wall Street once hoped – Recode – All
Snap reports Q3 earnings on Tuesday. Wall Street has been lowering the bar for Snap over the past six months. On Tuesday, we’ll find out if Snap can jump over it.
The messaging and media company is set to report Q3 earnings on Tuesday, its third earnings report since going public in early March. The first two did not go well.
That might change Tuesday, in part because Wall Street isn’t expecting much from Snap. Since the end of June, the consensus revenue estimate for Snap’s third quarter has decreased by more than 15 percent, from $280 million to just $237 million.
Why? There doesn’t appear to be any one event responsible for changing the forecasts. Instead, it seems to be that Snapchat’s automated ad sales are taking longer than expected to hit their stride.
On the company’s last earnings call, Snap executives said that some 60 percent of all its ad impressions were delivered through automated software programs, but admitted that smaller adv ...
07 novembre 2017 à 18h48
Videofutur se veut le trublion du très haut débit – Le Monde – Economie
L’ancien loueur de DVD lance une box 4K dans les campagnes. Financé en partie par la Caisse des dépôts, il est présent dans une vingtaine de départements français...
06 novembre 2017 à 18h31
Netflix is fine with password sharing, but it’s going after piracy now – BGR
Netflix makes some of the most popular TV shows out there, having more hits on its hands than most traditional networks. That’s why I’m perfectly fine with the price. You get to stream all those original Netflix shows whenever you feel like it, and you can even share your password with friends and family.
Netflix may be fine with password sharing — in fact, company executives have even encouraged users in the past to share their passwords. But a new report shows the company is stepping up its anti-piracy efforts.
Even though Netflix is incredibly affordable, some people choose to download the company's shows from illegal sharing sites or stream them using shady content portals. That’s because they either don’t want to pay the monthly subscription or because some titles are not available for streaming everywhere in some Netflix markets.
Netflix sent out over a million takedown requests to Google alone since last year, and it’s currently looking ...
17 octobre 2017 à 17h33
NBA will broadcast every game in VR this season – Engadget
While other broadcasters and sports leagues dabble in virtual reality, the NBA is taking the plunge. It raced ahead of the competition last year by streaming weekly live games in VR. Now, it's making its entire season immersive for League Pass subscr...
12 octobre 2017 à 17h26
Taylor Swift announces a social app for fans called The Swift Life – The Verge
After a year during which Taylor Swift was nowhere to be found, Taylor Swift is suddenly everywhere: on demand on DirecTV, on the sides of UPS trucks, and now, in the App Store.
Her new app The Swift Life is a partnership with Glu, best known for cash-grab celebrity mobile games like Katy Perry Pop, Britney Spears: American Dream, Nicki Minaj: The Empire, and the crown jewel, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.
Glu CEO Nick Earl referred to her app as “a new digital entertainment project,” and “a deeply social environment,” but a press release didn’t give any further details. From the announcement video, it looks like a social platform for Taylor Swift fans, with design elements borrowed from Instagram, Tumblr, and pop-up ads for mobile games...
11 octobre 2017 à 17h42
Apple’s head of iCloud infrastructure leaves company, report says – Apple Insider
An Apple executive tasked with managing backend infrastructure for the company's iCloud products, including the iCloud Drive cloud storage service, has left the company, potentially signaling a dramatic shift in favor of in-house data centers, according to a report on Friday...
09 octobre 2017 à 13h41
Xavier Niel réagit au reportage de Cash Investigation (en deux lignes) – FreeNews
Globalement silencieuse jusqu'ici, la direction de Free a finalement réagi à la diffusion du reportage de Cash Investigation sur ses méthodes, par la voix de son directeur de la stratégie, Xavier Niel...
02 octobre 2017 à 18h29